Daddy’s Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
(Simon & Schuster, 2013, 338 pages)
In her latest novel Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved, bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including the museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years.
The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery, and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate—tall, gorgeous, blond, a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, and sister of a rising fashion designer—doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? What if someone isn’t who he claims to be?
Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital badly injured and in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there, or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years, nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself . . .
Step by step, in a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer . . .
I’m a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark and was excited about reading her latest novel. I have to say I was a little disappointed. It was still readable and entertaining, but not with the depth or the just-can’t-put-it-down excitement of her earlier books. I found it hard keeping up with all the characters and trying to remember each one’s role. Although, that could have something to do with my brain function, hehe! It was still full of suspense and had me wanting to know what the outcome was going to be. If you are a fan of hers, you will still enjoy it. I will continue to read her books because I still think she’s a fantastic writer.